03 September 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘I took a £1,000 flight to beat Portugal quarantine’ (BBC News – Business)
  • Cate Blanchett on Venice, virus and why lessons from Italy were not learned (Mail Online UK)
  • China to resume international flights from Canada to Beijing this week (NationalPost.com)
  • Coronavirus in South Africa: ‘Frightening’ findings of Covid-19 funds audit (BBC)
  • Covid-19 spreading rapidly in Brazil prisons (IANS Live)
  • Five days is long enough for a coronavirus quarantine, says Germany’s top virologist (Fortune)
  • France tops 7000 daily infections again (New Zealand Herald)
  • India s COVID-19 fatality rate among world s lowest at 1 76 (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Indonesia puts off exploration block auctions due to Covid-19 (IANS Live)
  • Indonesia- Race Against the Pandemic – COVID-19 Vaccine Development in Indonesia (indonesianews.net)
  • Migrant family in Sweden locked children in their rooms for four months (Mail Online UK)
  • Netherlands to Test Century-Old Tuberculosis Shot for Coronavirus (Bloomberg)
  • New outbreaks test South Korea’s strategy (New Zealand Herald)
  • Neymar reportedly tests positive for coronavirus after holiday in Spain (TheAge.com)
  • S. Africa launches new app to prevent \”second wave\” of COVID-19 (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Silvio Berlusconi infected with coronavirus: Italy’s former PM confirms positive test (TheWashingtonTime.com)
  • Singapore can’t sustain virus support measures forever, PM says (Bangkokpost.com Most recent)
  • Spain’s LEVEL to restart scheduled flights in late 3Q20 (CH-Aviation)
  • Switzerland May Add France to Virus Quarantine List (Bloomberg)
  • UK – ‘Operational challenges’: Matt Hancock brushes off people being told to drive hundreds of miles for Covid tests (The Independent)
  • UK – Families who lost loved ones slam ‘blundering’ Boris Johnson (Liverpool Echo)
  • UK – Matt Hancock suggests people can catch coronavirus twice as scientists probe credible cases of reinfection (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak tells Tory MPs to expect Budget tax rises (Telegraph)
  • UK – Scottish Government launches tenant hardship fund (Mortgage Strategy)
  • US – Arizona, Florida and Texas did something that is ‘good news’ for the fight against coronavirus, expert says (Deseret News)
  • US – Biden to tear into Trump over coronavirus, school reopenings in Delaware remarks (The Hill)
  • US – CDC asks states to waive licensing rules so coronavirus vaccine sites are ready by Nov. 1 (CNBC)
  • US – Coronavirus in Indiana: What we learned from the governor’s weekly news conference (Indianapolis Star)
  • US – Maryland to enter phase 3 of reopening (Washington Post)
  • US – NIAIDNews – RT @NIAIDFunding: Funding News https://t.co/uNDifWl78M. Learn about designing experiments to match the objectives of Specific Aims, investi… (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – No, the CDC didn’t reduce the country’s coronavirus death toll (Dallas Morning News)
  • US – Nursing home workers ask Connecticut lawmakers for help as they prepare for a potential second wave of coronavirus infections (Hartford Courant)
  • US – The Trump administration said it has accumulated so many ventilators that it is canceling some of the $3 billion in… https://t.co/4eGBEdG1fd (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Trump administration may enlist celebrities in COVID-19 ad campaign: report (New York Post)
  • US – U.S. CDC issues sweeping halt on residential evictions to combat coronavirus (CBC)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • ‘Singapore has done well in fighting virus’ (thestar.com.my)
Actions by Companies
  • ‘Owner risk’ mounting for Samsung Group (The Korea Times News)
  • AirAsia introduces check-in fee at airport counters (Yahoo! India)
  • Apple rolls out iOS 13.7 and iPadOS 13.7 update with built-in COVID-19 exposure notifications (Firstpost.com)
  • AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine could be available by end of 2020: Italy minister (Khaleej Times)
  • Cemex Produces Surprising Margin Strength Despite A Sharp Decline In Mexican Volumes (Seeking Alpha)
  • Coal India Q1 Results: Profit Falls By More Than Half As Covid-19 Hits Demand (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Coal India Q1 results: Net profit drops 55% to Rs 2,080 crore, beats Street estimates (Economic Times)
  • Coal India Q1 results: Profit plunges 55% YoY to Rs 2,077 crore, sales down 26% (Business Today India)
  • Construction resumes at Kinder Morgan pipeline after suspicious package (Seeking Alpha)
  • Daimler Pins Profit Revival On New Mercedes-Benz S-Class (News18.com)
  • Eskom warns load shedding could last for the rest of this week (Cape Times)
  • Facebook breaks with Google, Apple and Amazon by refusing to pass on UK tech tax (Yahoo! Canada)
  • Florence Healthcare Supports Pfizer’s COVID-19… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • Google, Apple to install coronavirus contact tracing directly on smartphones (The Straits Times All News)
  • How the pandemic changed ANZ (Australian Financial Review)
  • Investors Pile Into OCBC’s Biggest Dollar Bond in Six Years (Bloomberg)
  • J&J’s Flu Drug Flop Shows How Difficult It Is to Treat Viruses (Bloomberg)
  • LWK + PARTNERS designed the Crown Jewel of Emaar’s Downtown Dubai “Burj Crown” (Eye of Riyadh)
  • Lego sales spike as plastic bricks help families through COVID crisis (New York Post)
  • Looking Beyond the Pandemic – Credit Suisse (Yahoo! India)
  • Lufthansa ramps up Dubai flights (Gulf News)
  • Pernod Ricard Sees Opportunities As Consumers Turn To Drinking At Home (News18.com)
  • Revealed: what IKEA shoppers in the Middle East were buying during the pandemic (Arabian Business)
  • Samsung eyes new opportunities as pandemic ignites demand for home appliances (DT News is Bahrain’s)
  • Sanofi Starts Trials of Covid-19 Shot After Early Data Impresses (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Sanofi starts trials of Covid-19 vaccine after impressive early data (The Straits Times All News)
  • Scoot to Open Yogyakarta-Semarang-Singapore Route (Tempo.co)
  • South Africa’s Impala Platinum annual earnings soar nearly 400% (Nasdaq)
  • South Africa: Eskom Confirms Loadshedding to Stay for About Two Years, Looks to 25% Tariff Hike As Debt Balloons (AllAfrica.com)
  • Swing and a miss as HSBC event falls (The Straits Times All News)
  • Telkom South Africa offers 1 TB monthly for ZAR 999 in SIM-only deal with no contract or FUP (Telecompaper)
  • Telstra begged workers to ‘volunteer’ (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au Business)
  • Vodafone Idea Surges On Report Amazon, Verizon Resume Investment Talks (NDTV)
  • Vodafone Idea to resume $4 bn stake sale talks with Amazon, Verizon: Report (Economic Times)
  • Walmart gets creative, goes virtual as it plans for holiday toy shopping (CNBC)
  • Walmart reveals top toys picked by kids (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
As Trump dwells on US protests, Biden to highlight school safety amid coronavirus pandemicThe Straits Times All NewsSeptember 02, 2020 5:40 PM WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Democratic nominee Joe Biden will attempt to shift the focus of the US presidential race back to the coronavirus and President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic during a Wednesday (Sept 2)…
Australia officially enters recession as the pandemic holds the economy hostageABC OnlineDownload 2.36 MB The Australian economy is now in the grip of a deep recession and there are fears the nation will struggle to emerge from it. The economy contracted a record 7 per cent per cent in the June quarter as the government shutdown entire…
Balancing economy and health trickyShropshire StarThe decidedly tricky balancing act between the economy and health has been an issue that has dominated the coronavirus pandemic. At the start of the lockdown five months ago, it was widely understood that the impact of Covid-19 could be greatly…
Coronavirus leads to increase in homelessness in the USDeutsche WelleThe coronavirus pandemic isn't just a threat to the health of people around the world. It also puts their livelihoods at risk. The pressure is especially high for people in the US, where the loss of income has left many people evicted and homeless.
Duterte calls for global solidarity to fight terrorism amid COVID-19 pandemicPhilippine Daily InquirerMANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called for solidarity and cooperation among countries to combat terrorism amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic at the 2020 Aqaba Process Virtual Meeting. The meeting, hosted by Jordanian…
Economy faces permanent ‘scarring’ from coronavirus pandemicMail Online UKVideo: Leaked notes reveal Rishi's tax rise warning: Chancellor tells Tory MPs 'we must be honest' that hikes ARE on the way – as Bank of England says 'scarring' to economy could be worse than £33bn previously estimated The governor of the Bank of…
Hong Kong shrugs off social unrest, coronavirus impact to edge closer to top 10 in global innovation rankingsSouth China Morning PostHong Kong rises two slots to 11th in the league table compiled by Cornell University, Insead business school and a UN body, achieving its best rank since 2016 The city ranks third in Asia, behind Singapore and South Korea
Indian economy in trouble as pandemic disruptions continueThe Straits Times All NewsSeptember 03, 2020 5:00 AM The Indian economy, which contracted by 23.9 per cent in the first quarter of its financial year on the back of a stringent coronavirus lockdown that led to job losses and drove down consumption, is in even bigger trouble,…
SA launches free Covid-19 contact tracing app: This is how it worksIOLCape Town – The Department of Health has launched a new app to alert South Africans if they have been exposed to someone with Covid-19. The app, called COVID Alert SA, is a free exposure notification app that warn users who could have been exposed to…
US economy grows modestly amid Covid-19 uncertainty: Fed surveyIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) The US economy grew modestly over the summer amid continued uncertainty about the Covid-19 pandemic and its negative effect on consumer and business activity, according to a Federal Reserve survey. To…
Geopolitical Impact
Australia rural exports suffer steepest plunge in 37 years after China imposes trade sanctionsMail Online UKChina's 80 per cent tariffs on Australian barley exports are beginning to bite Cereal, grain exports plunged by 38 per cent in July, official trade data showed Australia's rural exports suffered the biggest monthly drop since January 1983 Communist…
China reacts on PUBG, other Chinese apps ban in IndiaIndia TVImage Source : FILE PHOTO India on Wednesday banned PUBG Mobile among 118 Chinese apps. After the ban on PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite and other 116 Chinese mobile apps by the Indian government amid China's provocative actions at the Line of Actual…
China taking advantage of COVID-19 outbreak, India one such example: US DiplomatAni NewsWashington DC [US], September 3 (ANI): India is among the countries that China has taken advantage of since the outbreak of the COVID-19 from Wuhan, US diplomat David Stilwell said on Wednesday. "What we have seen since the corona outbreak from Wuhan…
Covid hits whisky sales at Chivas as chief calls for end to US tariffsHerald ScotlandJean-Christophe Coutures, chairman and chief executive of Chivas, said US tariffs are harming small distillers 0 comment By Scott Wright SCOTCH whisky giant Chivas Brothers has reported a steep fall in sales amid the fall-out from coronavirus, as its…
EMBARGOED/SHN-EMBARGOED Japan’s Aug service sector activity worsens as pandemic stymies recoveryReuters UKTOKYO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Activity in Japan’s services sector contracted at a faster pace in August for the firs time in four months, as uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic weighed on sentiment, hurting business at home and from abroad. The…
Hong Kong eases some Covid-19 restrictions, but cancels China national day fireworksMalay MailHealthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) at the community testing centre for the coronavirus disease in Hong Kong, China September 1, 2020. — Reuters pic HONG KONG, Sept 2 — Hong Kong said today it would relax some coronavirus…
India’s daily caseload nears China’s grand totalIndia TodayChina has reported 85,000 cases since the beginning of coronavirus outbreak in December last year. India reported near 84,000 Covid-19 cases on Thursday. India reported in the last 24 hours ending on Thursday 8 am. This is the second consecutive day…
Palace: Philippines can set aside unresolved South China Sea issuesPhilippine StarMANILA, Philippines — The Philippines can “set aside” unresolved issues in the South China Sea and pursue investment projects with Chinese firms since the arbitral ruling has upheld Manila’s sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone (EEZ),…
Peacekeepers get rousing send-offBangkok PostAnother 273 army engineers are due to leave Thailand on a United Nations peacekeeping mission to South Sudan on Sept 21. Defence Forces chief Gen Pornpipat Benyasri on Wednesday presided over a ceremony held to mark their upcoming deployment. The…
Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with ChinaNationalPost.comTAIPEI — Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing's stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport to give greater prominence to the island's name….
Cybersecurity Impact
Are cyber attacks on the rise, tech does well despite CovidRadio New ZealandTechnology commentator Sarah Putt looks at the cyber attacks on the NZX and other companies – should NZ brace for more? Big tech companies are hitting all time highs, even in the middle of a pandemic. And could a virtual version of New Zealand be a…
China-backed hackers targeted EU officials trying to steal economic secrets, US cybersecurity firm saysSouth China Morning Post – NewsA Chinese nation-state hacker group targeted European government officials, diplomats, non-profit organisations and other global entities in a phishing campaign designed to gather intelligence about global economies reeling from the coronavirus…
Chinese hackers use Australian logo in global COVID-19 campaign to collect intelligenceWA TodayIn separate attacks in February, the Australian Medical Association logo and an email purporting to be from a fake centre for disease control “cdc-australia” address was sent as a coronavirus alert warning, urging users to view public health safety…
Florida’s largest school district under siege by cyberattackThe Washington Times stories: NewsMIAMI (AP) – Florida's largest school district is still under siege by cyberattacks that began Monday as students returned to school remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho…
GossiTheDog – If America was a corporation their COVID-19 computer virus outbreak:

– would be on month seven
– 3 business units… https://t.co/DKZ2z5jbXt
GossiTheDog – TwitterIf America was a corporation their COVID-19 computer virus outbreak:

– would be on month seven
– 3 business units would be down entirely
– the CEO would be shouting about The Dark Web on Twitter in all caps
– IT department fired
– website asks for…

How Covid-19 has increased vulnerabilities in Industrial Control SystemsAlienVault BlogsThis blog was written by an independent guest blogger. By now, most are aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a spike in cyberattacks. This sharp increase in malicious activity related to COVID has taken the typical form of…
InfoSecHotSpot – Impact Of COVID-19 On Cybersecurity Market 2020 Industry Challenges, Business Overview And Forecast Research Study… https://t.co/v9pN0fOuHTInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterImpact Of COVID-19 On Cybersecurity Market 2020 Industry Challenges, Business Overview And Forecast Research Study 2026 The global Cybersecurity market focuses on encompassing major statistical evidence for the Cybersecurity industry ……
InfoSecHotSpot – Organizations facing nearly 1,200 phishing attacks each month A new study found that email phishing attacks have be… https://t.co/E4snjJzyTqInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterOrganizations facing nearly 1,200 phishing attacks each month A new study found that email phishing attacks have become more successful during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://tek.io/2ERlqhj…
Secnewsbytes – 1H 2020 Cyber Security Defined by Covid-19 Pandemic – https://t.co/o2UqTNlv6OSecnewsbytes – Twitter1H 2020 Cyber Security Defined by Covid-19 Pandemic – https://blog.trendmicro.com/1h-2020-cyber-security-defined-by-covid-19-pandemic/
‘Pandemic threatens gains in peacebuilding, vulnerabilities’Business MirrorNEW YORK—At the United Nations (UN) Security Council High-Level Open Debate on “Pandemics and the Challenges of Sustaining Peace” under the Council Presidency of Indonesia, the Philippines recognized that the health crisis might adversely impact on…

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